United States aircraft being transported to Indochine during the First Indochina War. USS Windham Bay (CVE-92) at Alameda, California. Sailors load U.S. Navy F8F Bearcat fighters. Crew members work on the aircraft aboard the carrier.
United States flying boat China Clipper (a Martin M-130 Flying Boat of Pan American Airways) at the beach in Alameda, California. Ceremonies precede the China Clipper's take off from Alameda to Honolulu. The huge craft leaves for the first mail and passenger flight. Captain Musick and his crew. Mail to be loaded in packets. The U.S. flag on the flying boat. Huge crowd at the beach. Plane taxis in water. Aerial view of the land. Pilot seated at the controls in the cockpit. Interior and exterior view of the China Clipper while in flight.
The U.S. Navy flying boat Caroline Mars carry 218 passengers from San Diego to Alameda and sets a new record. The U.S. Navy officers and sailors stand at a dock. They wear life jackets and walk towards the flying boat. The sailors and passengers aboard a U.S. Navy flying boat Caroline Mars. Insignia of the United States on the Caroline Mars. A signal officer gives a signal. The flying boat taxis in water and takes off. Caroline Mars in flight from San Diego to Alameda.
World War II scenes of German Stuka dive bombers in operation. U.S. B-25 bomber in flight, and views of firestorms from Allied incendiary bombing of Axis targets. Scenes of the "Operation Firestop" project in 1954-55, in California. U.S. Forest Service and other agencies cooperate in a one-year project headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California. Aerial views of Camp Pendleton area, in Southern California. A modified Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in flight discharges water from its torpedo bays. Men installing fabric water container into the bomb bay of the TBM. The aircraft seen in low level pass, dropping water contents onto field. Cropduster pilot Floyd Nolta, seen flying his Stearman biplane over California landscape, and then taxiing in to park, after landing. On the ground, we see how he modified his airplane to release water from a hopper in its bottom. On August 13, Vance Nolta flies the Stearman on multiple sorties, dropping water on a fire in the Mendecino Forest. Nolta filling his water tank from a hose at Willow Airport, and dropping water from the air, above the fire. View at Willow Airport, of 7 Stearman and N3N airplanes modified for aerial firefighting. Views of these aircraft dropping chemically treated water from the air. TBM aircraft equipped with 400 gallon tanks drop water from the air. PBY flying boat seen in flight. A B-26 bomber passing low and dropping chemically treated water. A Navy Mars flying boat passing overhead as it drops water from a 7000 gallon tank.
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) leaves the Naval Air Station Alameda in San Francisco bay. Mobile crane picks up after brow for removal. Some dependents seen on pier. USS Procyon (AF-61) tied up. Officers and men on weather deck of the Coral Sea look down on the pier. Looking down over the pier at Naval Air Station Alameda. Crowd of dependents spread out at the pier. The USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) out away from the pier. Dependents around the edge of the pier. Personnel on the flight deck area. The skyline of San Francisco framed by two crewmen manning the rail on the flight deck. Gear on deck next to the island. Some officials on the flight deck. USS Coral Sea underway. The officials on the flight deck as the ship passes underneath the Golden Gate bridge. The city of San Francisco. A part of the flight deck seen. some officers are seen on flight deck edge. A United States Navy UH-2C Seasprite helicopter comes in for a landing on the flight deck. The helicopter lands. Pleasure boat cruises past the ship. View of the San Francisco Bay. A part of the Golden Gate Bridge is seen framed by a sailor.
Activities aboard USS Ranger in Alameda, California. Three crewmen talk on flight deck of USS Ranger. Tail section of plane parked on flight deck. Two A-7B Corsair II aircraft in flight over sea. A-7B Corsair lands on flight deck of USS Ranger. Man signals pilot of plane. Man signals second A-7B Corsair II landing on flight deck. An F-14A makes touch-and-go landing on flight deck.